Archive for Thursday, December 11, 2003

K-10 accident involves four Eudora teens

December 11, 2003

An injury wreck Saturday on Kansas Highway 10 involving four Eudora teenagers is still under investigation. Trooper E.R. Butler of the Kansas Highway Patrol said Tuesday morning that officers had not yet been able to interview all involved, but she said neither alcohol nor drugs were considered a factor in the accident that sent three passengers to the hospital.
Robert R. Kurtz, 15, was driving westbound on K-10 about 5:40 p.m. Saturday when he went from the right lane and into the passing lane and overcorrected. The car struck the ditch on the north side of the highway near mile marker 11 and rolled several times, Butler said.
Kurtz was not treated for injuries at the scene, but passengers Zeb Titus Wisdom, 19, Rhonda Nicole Jones, 17, and Tiffany Lynn Nixon, 16, were ejected from the vehicle.
Wisdom was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital and released. Nixon and Jones were taken to University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.
Butler said the fact none of the vehicle's occupants were wearing seatbelts contributed to the severity of the accident. She said statements from those who witnessed the accident reported the car appeared to have been racing, although no other vehicle was involved in the accident.
Eudora Police Chief Greg Dahlem said Eudora police responded to the accident as well.
Kurtz, Jones and Nixon are students at Eudora High School, and Wisdom is a former Eudora High School student.
The school is collecting money for Jones and Nixon, who are still hospitalizd.

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